By Jackie Ogburn
Prostitution, forced labor, debt bondage: human trafficking is a global problem. But it isn’t just a problem overseas, there are trafficking victims throughout the U.S., even in smaller cities such as Durham, N.C.
Mathama and Amina Bility are sisters, both pursuing degrees in public policy and global health. They have produced a documentary on Ebola, shot on location in Lberia, that will premiere at the American Public Health Association Conference in Denver Oct. 29-Nov. 2.
Duke Kunshan University is accepting applications for a new international master’s degree in environmental policy (IMEP) which will begin in the fall of 2017. The four-semester, 16-course program is designed to meet the growing global need for leaders who are versed in both Chinese and international environmental issues and policies.
Are you looking for an easy and meaningful way to serve the community? For nearly two decades, Sanford has contributed to the Durham community by participating in the Meals on Wheels program. Meals on Wheels is a national organization that provides food and a safety check to homebound seniors who need assistance. The Durham branch was founded in 1975 and serves more than 500 residents each weekday.
Top-level experts will speak about the challenges to fighting global human trafficking at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at Duke University.
When deciding to come to Sanford, I knew that the quantitative courses were going to give my brain a run for its money. What I did not expect was to have an economics professor who was as passionate about running as I am. Professor Subhrendu Pattanayak made it known from day one that he was interested in getting to know students on a personal level and eager to engage outside of the classroom, whether it be over a cup of coffee, or a run. It was not unlike him to “encourage” other students in the class to join our weekly runs via his PowerPoint presentations.
The Duke – AAEC Political Cartoon and Satire Festival is over, but you can still see a satirical take on the presidential campaign at the Sanford School of Public Policy.
With the bitterly contested election on the horizon, voters find themselves faced with a decision between two of the most polarizing candidates in modern history.
A 2012 study found that 89% of high school and college students had already decided unequivocally that they would never consider running for elected office.
One thing remains constant in our political discourse: talk of how much we need to change. Every four years, candidates for office make their pitch to voters, including a laundry list of things they promise to change once elected. Yet no matter who’s in the Oval Office, most procedures in government stay exactly the same. In the premiere episode of its second season, the Sanford School’s Ways & Means podcast features a conversation with Professor Dan Ariely, an expert in policy, psychology and behavioral economics, to find out why it’s so hard for government to change.
Growing up in India, Indermit Gill always thought of economics in terms of improving people’s lives. Gill spent more than 20 years as an economist with the World Bank, most recently as the director for development policy. In October, he will take the helm as director of the Duke Center for International Development (DCID) in Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.
Dirk Philipsen wears many hats. An economist and historian, he serves as a senior research scholar and fellow at Duke’s Kenan Institute for Ethics. This year he also takes on responsibilities as an associate research professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy. He recently wrote a book about GDP as the world’s predominant measure of economic performance, The Little Big Number: How GDP Came to Rule the World and What to do About It.